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The top 10 coolest things to do with your dad

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However good a son you’ve been, the old man still deserves a pat on the back every now and again. From his favourite Star Wars flick to ploughing into a wagyu burger with a requisite pint, it’s time to say thanks for those years of parental guidance.

Secret Cinema: Empire Strikes Back

Secret Cinema Presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, from now - 27 September

Secret location; secretcinema.org

Nothing says father-son time more than a screening of the most critically-acclaimed chapter of the Star Wars saga, The Empire Strikes Back. From transforming the Starship Enterprise into a beer tent to serving up Space Age burgers, this cinematic extravaganza is one for die-hard Trekkies. While the Secret Cinema location remains a, erm, secret, Darth Vader is guaranteed to offer up some paternal vibes.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival, 17-28 June

Various locations; edfilmfest.org.uk

This rootsy cinephile gathering of like minds is perfect for a bit of paternal down time. And what better flick than arty take on the zombie genre Maggie, starring a grizzled and bearded Arnold Schwarzenegger, trying to save his daughter after she gets bitten by a member of the undead community.

London Festival of Architecture

London Festival of Architecture, from now - 30 June

Various locations; Londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

For those with an affinity for bricks and mortar, this festival is an architectural must. Enjoy a meander with Dad around some of the city’s most impressive towers, including Centre Point and The Gherkin or check-out the ugliest buildings on the block. Equally, hop aboard a Routemaster for an official tour or take a stroll around the Olympic fringes for some father-son QT.

Friends of Ham

Friends of Ham, events running until August

4 New Station St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 5DL; friendsofham.com

Charcuterie? Check. Craft ales? Check. The aptly-named Friends of Ham has all the trimmings (think homemade pickles and fresh-from-the-oven pork pies) for a father and son feast. With a cheese board that could rival any French bistro, this place delicately balances the hipster and old man vibe to a T.

BP Portrait Award

BP Portrait Award, 18 June - 20 September

St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE; npg.org.uk

Dubbed the ‘portraiture Oscars’ by those in the artistic know, the BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery is definitely worth a look. Last year saw a £61,000 prize fund, 2,377 entries and portraits ranging from the brilliant (Melissa Scott-Miller’s self-satisfied-looking teenage son) to the bizarre (Simon Davis’s wife on the toilet).

Stewart Lee: a room with a stew

Stewart Lee: a room with a stew, 21 June

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UE; brightondome.org

There’s nothing like a solid laugh with the old man and Stewart Lee’s A Room With a Stew certainly delivers that. Think subversive and deconstructive humour as the stand-up – and former comedic partner of Richard Herring – delivers sharp-witted anecdotes for his BBC 2 series Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle.

British Summer Time Hyde Park

British Summer Time Hyde Park, 18 - 28 June

Hyde Park, London; Bst-hydepark.com

What bands bridge the father-son generational gap? The Who, perhaps? Paul Weller, perchance? Even the Kaiser Chiefs offer something for everyone. Well, combine the three and you’ve got the perfect gig for you both to kick-back at. Stationed in Hyde Park and with a plethora of microbreweries and hipster eateries to boot, this is the epitome of daddy cool.

The Road to Waterloo

The Road to Waterloo, from now - 28 November

The Gordon Highlanders Museum, St Luke’s Viewfield Road, Aberdeen , AB15 7XH; gordonhighlanders.com

For any military enthusiasts 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battles of Waterloo and Quatre Bras. Luckily, then, that The Gordon Highlanders Museum has chosen to commemorate one of the most bloody and decisive conflicts in the history of the British Army with its ‘The Road To Waterloo’ exhibition.

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp's Last Tape, 19-20 June

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS; 19-20 June;  Barbican.org.uk

For an interlude of fatherly reflection, this one-man show is set during a torrential thunderstorm and sees an old man prepare to archive his last year on tape – just as he has every birthday. With Robert Wilson at the helm, Krapp’s Last Tape is part of the Barbican’s International Beckett season and can be perfectly rounded off with a night cap at the Barbican bar.

Transport Festival

Transport Festival, 21 June

The Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8AX; trentham.co.uk

Even the most reluctant motor head can appreciate a fine set of wheels. Or, if you’re up for a quick jaunt to the country, more than 1,000 classic, contemporary and rare cars that run the full gamut from vintage Rolls Royce to Morris Minor. Whether James Bond’s Aston martin DB9 or a Jaguar that has transported the queen, this is spot on for some Dad time.


A gift of premium single grain scotch whisky, Haig Club™ is sure to bring a smile to your dad’s face on Father's Day and what better way to do some father son bonding than over a Haig Club New Old Fashioned cocktail.

Haig Club New Old Fashioned

Haig Club New Old Fashioned

“This Father’s Day why not treat your dad to something special with a bottle of Haig Club. This stylish gift is sure to impress both whisky adorers and non- whisky drinkers alike. Made at Cameronbridge, Scotland’s oldest grain distillery, Haig Club has a fresh, clean taste and is an incredibly versatile whisky that can be enjoyed straight, over ice or as the centrepiece of a cocktail- such as the Haig Club New Old Fashioned, a twist on a classic that is sure to impress” says Haig Club ambassador David Sinclair.

This iconic cocktail is served on ice and garnished with a lemon twist and a cherry.

Ingredients: 60ml Haig Club/ 10ml Sweet vermouth or alternatively any other sweet dessert or aromatised wine/ 2 dashes original bitters (2.5 units of alcohol)

The Bar at The Gleneagles Hotel

The Bar at The Gleneagles Hotel

Perthshire; Gleneagles.com

With the 20s jazz age glamour at its core, The Bar (the name needs no additional frills) is the meeting place for Perthshire’s bright young things – or just those in search of a fine tipple. From the kilt-clad doormen to the whisky-toting bar – Haig Club is served up in crystal goblets befitting of HRH – this is the place to kick-back and relax.

Allan Pickett’s Residency at The Sanderson Hotel

Allan Pickett’s Residency at The Sanderson Hotel

London; Morganshotelgroup.com

Created in chef Pickett’s usual French style, the menu is a solid line-up: seared red mullet with onion farcie and saffron rouille sauce, and desserts such as caramelised apricots and cocoa nib tuille. Finished off with some pungent fromage and a Haig Club whisky in the dedicated garden terrace and that’s summer dining done.

Gong Bar at The Shangri-la Hotel

Gong Bar at The Shangri-la Hotel

London; Shangri-la.com

'The highest bar in London’ says everything you need to know about the panoramic views of the Big Smoke you can see at the Gong Bar. Enjoy Haig Club in the stylish cocktail bar or in the ultra chic champagne bar. 

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